Why are Disney/Pixar movies so popular? At first glance, these movies are geared for kids and yet these movies earn a lot of money?
A lot of you would say that of course it’s because the parents would be forced to buy tickets not just for the kids but also for themselves. You can’t leave kids alone in the cinema.
But notice the trend of the past decades. If you take a look at the audience, it’s not just kids and parents watching. You see a lot of grown ups on the seats too. And I’m not just talking about teenagers. I’m talking about people in their twenties or thirties watching with friends (of the same age)!
If you watch Disney and Pixar movies, you see that while the poster may look like it’s just for kids, the story of each movie itself has something to attract adults as well. While each movie definitely serves to entertain the kids, the stories explores themes that have a certain depth and maturity that adults can appreciate. UP would be a good example.
The same idea applies to the following books. One look at the book cover and people immediately judge it to be a “kiddy” book. Usually the books would be cartoonish and bright. Hence, a lot of people will probably buy it for kids instead of for their own reading
But if you ever decide to try these books out, be prepared to get sucked in to the story (whether or not you initially just read it as some sort of bedtime story for your kid)
Some things I noticed is that most of these books use a lot of animals as characters (some as side-character but a lot are main character themselves)
And as opposed to romance novels, romantic love has little to no mention here. But the main focus is more on familial love.
Just something to think about when it comes to these books
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This is the same series that got both a movie and a Netflix adaptation. Exploring themes of loss and having to rely on oneself and each other in the face of an actual evil villain out to get you and a bunch of adults who don’t care or are too unobservant to believe a thing you say.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood
A personal favorite of mine. Like A Series of Unfortunate Events, it features three orphans and a lot of clueless adults who are not effective enough to protect the children from a malevolence out to get them. This book sets itself apart from Unfortunate Events not only by being set in Victorian-era England. Unlike the unfortunate Baudelaires, the three, literally raised-by-wolves children have a brighter adventure because of the care and love of their young governess Ms Penelope Lumley
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
Having reeled me in from the very first line, this book’s main character is a hen who decided she will no longer lay another egg. Although she has always dreamt of being a mother, all her eggs are harvested each morning. And unfortunately, the last egg she laid wasn’t even well-formed. This leads the farmer to decide that the hen is no longer worth keeping.
Spoiler alert, the hen survives. She does become a mother. But be prepared with tissues
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors
A blended family.
A genius guinea pig named Gizmo who wants to take over the world…as soon as he gets away from the little girl’s doll house
And a loveable corgi named Wedgie who wears a cape.
Bunnicula by James Howe
From the point of view of and actually written by Harold the dog himself, Bunnicula tells the tale of how Harold’s human family came to find and take home a rabbit they named Bunnicula, the succeeding incidents of colorless vegetables and Chester the cat’s attempt to get rid of what he suspects is a vampire bunny
Upside-down Magic by Sarah Mylnowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
In a world where magic is commonplace, what truly unusual are a bunch of people whose magic doesn’t work right. Hailing from a family of genius magicians, Nory’s magic is deemed wonky and thus makes her ineligible for the prestigious magic school her own dad is headmaster of.
Nory is left with the option of staying with her aunt, who lives near a school that recently opened a class specifically for children with “upside-down” magic
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
A robot named Roz activates in a remote island far from civilization.
An island populated only by animals.